Beginning May 21, campgrounds in Ohio are permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. (Metro News Service photo)

State releases reopening guidelines for campgrounds, childcare, gyms

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state of Ohio provided additional sector opening dates May 14 as part of the Responsible RestartOhio plan.

Beginning May 31, childcare providers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these providers can meet required safety protocols.

To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, Gov. Mike DeWine’s Early Childhood Advisory Council created a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for childcare centers to follow. The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices can be found at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov .

“Our goal is to have the safest child care system in the nation – one that nurtures the health and continued growth and development of our children and one that protects the health and safety of our child care workers and teachers,” said DeWine. “Moving forward, child care is going to look different for children, parents and teachers. But we must get this right or we run the risk of exposing more people to COVID-19.”

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To assist in the reopening of child care centers, Ohio will use more than $60 million in federal CARES Act funding to provide reopening grants to all of Ohio’s childcare providers, including family childcare, childcare centers and both publicly-funded and private providers. More information on how to apply will be posted to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ website soon.

DeWine also announced that Ohio will fund a research project to study best practices for controlling the spread of COVID-19 in child care settings. Information gathered from the study will continue to inform child care regulations moving forward.

The reopening date of May 31 also applies to day camps that can meet required safety protocols. A detailed list of guidelines and best practices for day camps will be available soon at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov .

Campgrounds

Beginning May 21, campgrounds in Ohio are permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols.

To ensure that campgrounds operate in the safest manner possible, DeWine’s Outdoor Recreation Advisory Group created a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for day camps to follow. The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices for both campgrounds and campers is available at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Bureau of Motor Vehicles: May 26

Beginning May 26, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles locations in Ohio will be permitted to reopen for certain services if these facilities can meet required safety protocols.

Services that can be accomplished online should still be done online. More details on online BMV services can be found at www.oplates.com.

To ensure that each deputy registrar location operates in the safest manner possible, the BMV is creating a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for deputy registrars to follow. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov .

Fitness centers: May 26

Beginning May 26, gyms and fitness centers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols.

To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, DeWine’s Gyms Advisory Group is creating a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for gyms and fitness centers to follow. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov .

Sports leagues: May 26

Beginning May 26, sports leagues in Ohio will be permitted to operate if these leagues can meet required safety protocols. This applies only to non-contact and limited-contact sports.

To ensure that non-contact and limited-contact sports leagues operate in the safest manner possible, DeWine’s Large Venue Advisory Group is creating a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for sports leagues to follow. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov .

Safety protocols for high-contact sports are in development.

Public/club pools: May 26

Beginning May 26, public pools and club pools that are regulated by local health departments in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.

To ensure that these pools operate in the safest manner possible, DeWine’s Outdoor Recreation Advisory Group is creating a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for these facilities to follow. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov .

This does not apply to water parks or amusement parks. Safety protocols for these venues are in development.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

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